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2023 Spring Mini Sessions

While I am based on Oahu, Hawaii, I also travel 2x a year for mini sessions in the San Francisco bay area mainly for mini sessions! I fly there and back for the weekend, so it works well! I am able to still photograph my clients traveling to Hawaii, and I am able to fly out to the bay area for a quick weekend trip to photograph my clients there as well.

With that being said, I am SO excited to now be offering spring mini’s! This is my first year doing them in BOTH the spring + fall (I usually only offer them in the fall!), and I am excited!

I had a few families who have already reached out about these, so I wanted to get an early start on planning them.


These 2023 mini sessions include all images, retouching spots/blemishes, & they are short and sweet-15 minutes ($600+ tax) or 25 minutes ($1050+ tax).

BOOKING : Email marissa.hbphoto@gmail.com to get on the list 


WHEN will these take place?

April 22, 2023

WHERE will these take place?

These will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area at two different locations in San Jose- Morning and Portola Valley – late afternoon.

The spots that I chose should be beautiful! I shot in Portola Valley Fall 2022 (see photos above – this was in the fall so it will probably be more green in May) and I think it’ll be even prettier in the spring! And I am excited to shoot at this new spot/hill in San Jose. Please email me if you’d like more specific location information.

Are these only for families?

These sessions are not just for families. You are welcome to use this session as a mini maternity session, a parent and me session (perhaps for mothers day?), or for couples as well!

How long are the sessions?

They are 15 or 25 minutes – same as the fall! I have found this to be the perfect amount of time. 15 minutes works well for families with up to 2 kids, couples or maternity couples sessions. 25 minutes works for everything else! Pets, extended family, etc.

How many images should we expect to receive?

I believe there were around 20 images for the 15 minute mini, and maybe 30-40 for the 25 minute mini. It is probably more but we will stay on the safe side with those numbers!

Will you offer another weekend and/or location?

If there is enough interest, and if my husband is up for watching the kids for 4 days haha…so maybe! Definitely email me at marissa.hbphoto@gmail.com so that I can get your information and put you on my list!

What if we need to reschedule for some reason? Do you offer a refund?

Mini sessions are due in full and they are non-refundable. However, if I have a date/time available you are welcome to switch, or you can sell or gift the session to a friend! This has been done multiple times. I’ve also had families do a parent and me session instead if they had planned a family session but 1 parent couldn’t make it.

What if it rains?

I know this is probably a very important question especially with the recent weather in CA. If rain is in the forecast for the days before and after the mini session date, and there is a high chance of rain on those days, then rescheduling is an option especially if there is a high chance of rain. I will reach out to the families in that case with the next available date. If the next available date does not work for you, you are welcome to also redeem your credit in the fall for a fall mini.

Are you available to assist with our outfits? 

You are welcome to email or text me photos of what you are envisioning! I can help you piece together your outfits based on what I think might look good. For the spring, use the photo below for inspiration. Earth tones, and pops of fun *muted* colors, flowy dresses, bring a light neutral blanket to sit on for adorable shots of you cuddling together, etc. I have a gathre mat in a sand color that has leather on both sides and works well to keep your blanket from wet grass, or any type of grass or dirt that wants to stick to your blanket.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out! marissa.hbphoto@gmail.com.

Portola Valley Family Photographer